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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Eagles fall in MWL nail-biter

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EAGLE POINT — Try as they might, the Eagle Point girls just could not come up with baskets when they needed them most for a fourth-quarter rally in falling 34-28 to North Bend in Midwestern League basketball Friday.

North Bend carried a lead throughout, although it never really grew above a two-possession clash in the Eagles’ gym.

“Every quarter was a nail-biter,” EP head coach Marvin Denman said. “Every quarter was just a defensive struggle for each team. We did not shoot the ball as well as they did and that was really the big difference. They definitely got it to the people they needed to tonight.”

Junior guard Morgan Dole drained three 3-pointers for her nine points, while Alondra Cabrera added eight points for the Eagles (3-7, 0-3 MWL), who played minus senior starters Haley McCornack and Kylie Balero.

North Bend only had three players reach the scoring column but that proved to be enough, with Trinity Barker scoring 17 and Adrianna Frank adding 13 points to outscore EP on their own.

North Bend (8-2, 2-0) led 17-16 at halftime and 26-23 entering the fourth quarter. Denman said his team was able to get some defensive stops o give the Eagles a chance at a comeback but they were unable to convert on the opposite end.

“That quarter went by so fast,” said Denman. “We just couldn’t tie it up. We just ran out of time.”

Eagle Point had won three of its last four games entering the contest.

“Our last five games we’ve held teams to 34 points and under so the defense has been stepping up,” said the coach, “but we just have a tough time putting the ball in the basket. We’re just not hitting on all cylinders yet.”

NORTH BEND (34): Frank 13, Barker 17, Lambert 4, Reeves 0, Morris 0, Riddle 0, Edera 0, Pex 0. Totals: 9 4-6 34.

EAGLE POINT (28): Dole 9, Nielsen 5, Hanan 4, Pena 2, Cabrera 8, Raber 0, Baldwin 0, Nunez 0. Totals: 7 2-2 28.

North Bend8998— 34

Eagle Point51175— 28

3-point goals — North Bend 4 (Frank 3, Barker 1), Eagle Point 4 (Dole 3, Nielsen 1). Fouled out — Nielsen.

JV result — Eagle Point won.

YREKA 49, NORTH MEDFORD 31: At Yreka, California, mired by turnovers, North Medford fell behind in the first half and was unable to catch Yreka in the nonleague contest.

The Black Tornado (5-7) committed 17 of its 31 turnovers in the first half and went just 11-for-45 from the field in the contest.

Freshman Olivia Boger paced North with nine points and Ali Stevens pitched in eight.

NORTH MEDFORD (31): Boger 9, Gallery 3, Patel 3, Hamlin 2, Stevens 8, Raines 5, McNamee 1, Jackson 0, Richardson 0, Heese 0. Totals: 11 9-33 31.

YREKA (49): Bennett 0, Daws 8, Fogle 3, Collier 16, Freitas 14, Odbert 8, Harris 0. Totals: 13 21-34 49.

North Medford64615— 31

Yreka7121614— 49

3-point goals — Yreka 2 (Collier 1, Freitas 1). Fouled out — Gallery, Stevens, Boger, Fogle, Freitas.

JV result — Yreka 57, North Medford 23

GRANTS PASS 53, MOUNTAIN VIEW 39: At Grants Pass, Brooke Anderson’s game-high 16 points helped Grants Pass jump out in front of Mountain View early en route to a nonleague victory.

The Cavers (6-3) received eight of Raegan Bruner’s 13 points in the first quarter and led 30-14 at halftime.

Brooklyn Wakefield added nine points and Sophie Mock chipped in eight for the Cavers.

Mountain View (6-3) was led by Kasey Booster’s 15 points.

MOUNTAIN VIEW (39): Glasser 0, Neet 5, M. Bomke 0, Booster 15, Jacobsen 3, Haarberg 10, Andrews 6. Totals: 15 2-5 39.

GRANTS PASS (53): Anderson 16, Thompson 0, Bruner 13, Pastrell 0, Mock 8, Wakefield 9, Vainuku-Johnson 2, Tobey 5. Totals: 19 10-17 53.

Mountain View951213— 39

Grants Pass1614617— 53

3-point goals — Mountain View 7 (Booster 3, Andrews 3, Neet 1, Haarberg 1), Grants Pass 5 (Bruner 2, Anderson 1, Mock 1, Wakefield 1).

CRATER 41, SPRINGFIELD 38: At Springfield, Crater got a key 3-pointer from Addison Dippel and a pair of game-clinching Kate Stidham free throws to rally late in a MWL matchup of teams ranked in the top 7 of Class 5A.

Trailing 36-34 with 1:08 to go, Dippel’s 3-pointer put the sixth-ranked Comets (10-2, 4-0 MWL) up by 1 — a lead they never relinquished. Springfield, ranked seventh, cut the Crater lead to 39-38, but the Comets got a big block from McKenzie Hirsch and then the two Stidham free throws to seal the win.

Stidham supplied nine points and 13 rebounds while also playing strong defense on Springfield point guard Danaeja Romero-Ah Sam, limiting her to just four points and a pair of assists. Kayleigh Gugliotta finished with 10 points, while Hirsch added four points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks and Abigail Winslow had five points and seven rebounds.

Chase Weaver added five blocks and four steals for Crater.

Springfield freshman guard Juju Henderson recorded 20 points.

CRATER (41): K. Gugliotta 10, Sizemore 2, Gish 2, Dippel 6, Weaver 0, Hirsch 4, Stidham 9, S. Winslow 5, A. Winslow 5, A. Gugliotta 0, Traore 0. Totals: 14 10-15 41.

SPRINGFIELD (38): Morgan 2, Wilson 2, Phillips 4, Henderson 20, Rawson 0, Weimer 0, Romero-Ah Sam 6, Rankins 4. Totals: 12 14-20 38.

Crater6101015— 41

Springfield413129— 38

3-point goals — Crater 3 (Dippel 2, Hirsch 1). Fouled out — Weaver, Phillips.

MARSHFIELD 50, PHOENIX 32: At Siuslaw, Phoenix switched things up in the second quarter and junior Morgan James gave the Pirates a much-needed spark, but second-seeded Marshfield proved too much in the Sky-Em/Skyline Crossover at Siuslaw High.

Marshfield (6-3) opened a 12-5 lead through one quarter, but a move to the wing for James from her traditional high post position paid dividends in the second quarter to help Phoenix outscore Marshfield 10-9 in the frame. James, freed up to attack the basket, scored six of her 12 points in the second quarter and finished with 10 rebounds and three steals.

Phoenix (6-6), seeded fifth, had originally been slated to play Elmira on Friday before a COVID-19 situation forced the school to bow out of the tournament. After a reshuffling of the schedule, the Pirates were then dealt Marshfield and top-seeded Junction City in the two-day event.

Kynna Nolan, Anabell Delgado and Ahlam Mohamud each scored six points for Phoenix.

PHOENIX (32): James 12, Nolan 6, Vos 0, Potratz 0, Delgado 6, Rector 2, McConnell 0, Mohamud 6. Totals: 13 6-17 32.

MARSHFIELD (50): Ainsworth 0, Button 0, Hite 0, Browning 0, Clark 2, Peach 3, England 0, Culver 0, Clarke 0, Miles 17, Dea 8, Macduff 6, Folau 2, Montiel 8, Scriven 4. Totals: 21 5-8 50.

Phoenix510116— 32

Marshfield1291811— 50

3-point goals — Marshfield (Peach 1, Dea 2).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 49, DAYS CREEK 24: At Days Creek, Timnah Roberson scored eight of her 12 points in the first half to lead a balanced Cascade Christian offense in a win over Class 1A Days Creek.

Roberson, a freshman, was one of three Challengers to score in double figures, with Jordynn Jones and Julia Brehm scoring 10 points apiece.

Cascade Christian (4-8) limited Days Creek (4-5) to single digits in the first and second quarters to build a 28-9 lead at the half.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (49): Longiotti 0, Akins 0, Cramer 2, Shipman 5, Sweem 0, Williams 0, Solin 0, Brehm 10, Coats 4, Jones 10, Pierson 2, Roberson 12. Totals: 21 3-8 49.

DAYS CREEK (24): Wheeler 3, Beard 0, Crume 4, Park 4, Harris 2, Ketchem 9, Loiodici 0, Stufflebeam 2. Totals: 10 3-9 24.

Cascade Christian1216714— 49

Days Creek72411— 24

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 4 (Shipman 1, Brehm 1, Roberson 2).

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneEagle Point’s Morgan Dole steals the ball during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game against North Bend.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneEagle Point’s Emilee Neilsen goes up for a shot during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game against North Bend.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneEagle Point’s Alondra Cabrera steals the ball during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game against North Bend.